While Farquhar took the loss in relief, giving him a 1-8 record for the season, starter Iwakuma pitched a solid seven innings.
The good moments have been filled with hope, but still fleeting for Danny Farquhar. As the 2015 season winds to a close, it will be one that he would like to forget.
A reminder of his frustrating struggles this season was on display on Friday night in the Mariners’ 4-2 loss at Safeco Field.
For the fourth straight appearance in a span of seven days, Farquhar was saddled with the loss in relief. He entered the game to start the top of the eighth inning with the game tied at 2. He gave up a leadoff single to Josh Reddick and then served up a two-run homer to Danny Valencia, who destroyed an elevated fastball for his 17th homer of the season.
“All you can do is continue to execute pitches,” Farquhar said. “After that homer, I thought I did a good job of that.”
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It was a deficit that the Mariners couldn’t overcome, leaving Farquhar with a 1-8 record and a 5.12 ERA in 43 appearances along with three stints in Class AAA Tacoma. It was his ninth homer allowed in 51 innings this season.
A year ago, he was one of Seattle’s best relievers, appearing in 66 games and posting a 3-1 record with a 2.66 ERA. In 71 innings, he allowed just five homers.
In his last start of the season, Hisashi Iwakuma gave another solid performance. The right-hander worked seven innings, allowing two runs (one earned) while scattering nine hits and striking out eight batters with no walks.
Iwakuma is a free agent after the season. New general manager Jerry Dipoto has said on multiple occasions that re-signing Iwakuma is a top priority of the offseason.
“This is the team that gave me my chance and I was able to play here four years,” Iwakuma said through interpreter Antony Suzuki. “I’ve met a lot good friends and teammates here. I feel like I have a good relationship here.”
Iwakuma’s first run allowed was anything but earned. In the third inning, he gave up back-to-back, one-out singles to Sam Fuld and Billy Burns. Catcher Jesus Sucre tried a pickoff move to first base following a pitch from Iwakuma, but Burns got back in time.
But first baseman Logan Morrison fired the ball to second base, seeing that there was a chance to get Fuld, who was late getting back to the bag. However, Ketel Marte missed Morrison’s throw for an error. As the ball rolled to the outfield, the runners moved up a base. Fuld wanted another base and headed for home. Marte fired wildly to home, allowing Fuld to score, resulting in another error and a 1-0 lead.
The A’s tacked on another run an inning later.
Seattle tied the game in the fifth. Brad Miller led off with an opposite-field homer to left off Oakland starter Aaron Brooks. Jesus Sucre followed with a double to left and later scored on Nelson Cruz’s two-out single up the middle.